Darkness, huge crashing waves and dangerous high winds were life-threatening factors pressing upon the disciples and rocketing fear and dread to heights they had never known. They were panicking because, if the present unconventional factors continued, they and their boat would go to the bottom of the lake. Initially, Jesus had told His disciples to go to the other side of the lake (Matt.14:22-27). At first, they were probably focused on their Lord’s instruction and enthused about following those instructions. They likely had a point of destination in their minds and could see it with the mind’s eye as they planned their route and even had a spot in mind to tie up their boat when they landed. But, en route, unconventional elements interjected themselves and the disciples were forced into an entirely different form of effort in which they could no longer see the conventional path or destination. They could only focus on immediate surroundings and attempts at survival. We must beware of reaching a point at which we are merely dwelling on just the facts. Focus on present circumstances and abandoning “the other side” and abandoning instructions or putting them on hold, will take the heart out of us which is a must-have factor in getting us beyond the choking grip of present factors. These may be the present facts but they are not the conclusion of the matter. In the Bible, present facts and final conclusions always looked very different from one another.
As the people of God assemble today may they sing about, testify about, hear about and encourage one another about their confidence in their heavenly Father to be and do what He has promised in His never-failing Word. May they decide that they will not move from off of that firm foundation of His Word that will find them confident in the face of any storm or threat knowing that “no matter what the case may be, I know He’s gonna fix it for me.”
Heb.13:6,TPT—“So we can say with great confidence:‘I know the Lord is for me and I will never be afraid of what people may do to me!’”.
Kathy — Why is our trust in God sometimes in pieces? I think it is because of all the times it’s been shaken. I’m talking about every time that we followed our emotions through a trial and we “trusted” God to come through like we felt He should…. but He didn’t. Our trust was shaken if not shattered, not because He’s not trustworthy, but because He did not allow us to manipulate the situation or Him. Ps.18:2, TPT — “You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet, like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape, my tower of rescue where none can reach me. My secret strength and shield around me, you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside, always the champion of my cause.”
Yesterday morning we received three messages in one hour. We regularly hear about various negative, threatening apocalyptic-style things that are supposed to shake our nation and the globe like a bulldog that refuses to let go. In one post I wrote recently, I was attempting to show scripture that instructs us to trust God Almighty and focus on Him and His promises instead of focusing on all the relentless, negative reports. A person responded with a long treatise that basically said that they were very knowledgeable about what is going on and that I was just basically not taking it all seriously enough and I needed to adopt some of their practices and views so I can live through this. Nevertheless, here are three calls and three reports of the efficacy of God Almighty and God Almighty’s Word.
Now, back to the three reports we received in one hour. In spite of the demographics of the pandemic and all the reports by people who are very knowledgeable, we have an intercessor in their 80’s who has had all the symptoms of the much reported virus and has been tested for it six times and each time knowledgeable persons told them that the test was negative. After almost two months of undeniable symptoms, that intercessor of 80-plus years is gaining strength daily with no symptoms whatsoever. I have not told this to intimate that people shouldn’t take the present pandemic seriously. I have told it to say that Jesus the Savior and Healer is still Savior and Healer. His power and abilities and compassion do not lessen the more serious things get.
In the second call an older couple we have known for many years contacted us and requested prayer because they had been exposed to a person with the virus who was quarantined the day after they had been exposed. A couple of days went by and they decided to get tested. A couple of days later the doctor’s office called and said that they were both negative. We seriously rejoiced because of their deliverance from such a serious threat.
In the third call we received there is a couple who are quarantined for a specific time period because of his upcoming surgery. They were badly in need of some supplies so he drove her to the store and he stayed in the car with his medical mask on while she went in to do the shopping. There is a very specific disinfectant she uses that has all the right ingredients for his safety. She looked up and down the aisle several times and finally found the one row where it had been but discovered it was all sold out though there were plenty of the other disinfectants. A lady walked up to her as she was leaving that aisle and asked, “Are you looking for ‘such and such’ disinfectant”? Our friend was shocked by the question but answered in the positive. Our friend explained the situation and told the lady that her husband was waiting in the car for her. The lady said, “That’s no problem because I have to have that same disinfectant and my friend always buys a number of bottles for me. In fact, I have a couple in my car now. I will go out to the car and get one and give it to your husband.” None of that sounds to me like just an accident. Our friend’s situation is very serious but there is a compassionate Father who knows how to get things and people put together in the right place at the right time regardless of the “crisis bulldogs” that are grabbing and shaking everything. When they called us and told us of this incident, we all had a praise service! (And we all also wondered if that was really just a concerned lady or… an angel.)
We have had other calls and contacts about what the Lord is doing in healing people, even of anxiety. I will continue to report what the Lord is doing as He intervenes and will continue to encourage with scriptures that instruct us to trust in and focus on the promises of the Bible, God’s holy Word. “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with You; they confidently trust in You. 4 Yes, trust in the Lord Yahweh forever and ever! For Yah, the Lord God, is your Rock of Ages! (Isa. 26:3-4, TPT)
As the people of God assemble today may they trust in the Lord and encourage one another to trust so that each one moves into the momentum of Father’s answer and gets us on the road to His outcome. Ps.9:10, TPT — “May everyone who knows your mercy keep putting their trust in you, for they can count on you for help no matter what. O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those who come to you.”
Kathy — They had called out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayers because they trusted him, (1Chron. 5:20). There’s a lot of reasons we cry out to God during battle. Pain, fear, offense, anger, pity, grief and hopelessness are some understandable causes for a “cry out”, but if we park on any of those causes, the battle can become a stalled storm we cannot see beyond. If we sit in neutral gear feeling helpless, the siege continues to smother. Crying out in “park” or “neutral” gear and racing the motor and burning fuel doesn’t get us anywhere. But if we cry out because we trust the Lord to hear, to care and to do something, we shift into a gear to move forward. Trust moves us into the momentum of His answer and gets us on the road to His outcome.
As the people of God assemble today
may they not be afraid of the terror
by night nor the arrow that flies by
day and may they not rehearse those
matters but rather encourage one
another and say that the Lord is our
Refuge, our Fortress, the One we lean
on and confidently trust in. (Ps.91:2)
Jesus, son of Abraham and son of David, born when the seed of Abraham was a despised people and tributary to the Roman yoke and when the house of David was buried in obscurity. The performance and provision of God comes when circumstances would place upon it the heaviest it has to offer. Ease and convenience are not the components of fulfillment. The Christmas story is a story of hope in the face of all that is contrary. “Against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it. He took God at his word…” (Rom.4:18a, TPT)
Condemnation will make it almost impossible for us to be corrected. Correction requires trusting someone else’s decision or opinion. Correction requires being willing to change where necessary. Trust in God will get trouble off the porch.(Ps.37:39) Trust is a guard against condemnation. (Jn.5:24) Trust will overcome your past. (Ps.34:2) Trust is a weapon that defeats condemnation. —Kathy G
(Kathy Gabler)—Our faith and trust in God is our stand of agreement that opens the earth and the circumstances and the day and the moment to Him. Basically, Father told me to guard my attitude and my gratitude, and I learned the surest way to do that is to make trust a priority every time a contrary wind stings my face. My confidence in Him cannot be passive nor frail. It must be a deliberate daily decision. Thankfulness too is a daily deliberate decision. For me that decision starts when I remind my soul that He is good and He is in the moment.
(Kathy Gabler)—It took a few weeks for me to realize that in order to stay still I had to get to a new place of trust in God. I had to willingly and actively keep trust in the cross-hairs of my awareness. I began to picture trust as that middle point on a seesaw where you are neither up nor down. In that place, circumstances cannot get you uptight in high anxiety with your whole body stressed and straining, nor can the situation cause you to hit the bottom in despair or discouragement or depression. Trust is a place where you do not live by what you SEE or SAW but by confidence in God and His steady, unmovable faithfulness. From that early morning conversation, I had learned that I would have to stay alert and rein in my thoughts in obedient follow-through daily, if not hourly. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Trust Gives God Access” Vol.22Iss3)
(Apostle Jim Hodges) — “The synergy of covenantal relationships produces more comprehensive and effectual ministry. Of course, there must be some level of trust for such relationships to form and maximize the Lord’s ministry among us. We trust God and must learn to trust one another. Those who stay in isolation because they cannot trust will minimize their gift and calling.”
Have you ever noticed that there is a tendency in many people to want to advance beyond others, to advance in the exercise of authority whether they have been approved or not? In 2Sam.15, David’s son Absalom pushed for and expected to be able to take authority in areas where he hadn’t been proven. We find the scriptural principle of the process of being proven in 1Tim.3:10. Biblical principal tends to follow this pattern: (1) Process while walking out relationship; (2) Process leads to being proven; (3) Process and being proven leads to a track record that follows the principal of Lk.16:10– “faithful in little can be trusted in much”. We are praying you discover daily that you are staying in relationship long enough to be proven so you can be trusted with much. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.) TEXAS PRAISE RADIO
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There is a shifting going on and opportunities for many but we must hold on to the rail and continue to make progress. Recently (as I was praying over some persons we are ministering to) I saw a person walking down a passageway of a large ship. The ship appeared to be rolling as a result of rough seas. The person was trying, as best as they could, to maintain their balance. Then, they noticed the handrail on the wall. It was like, “Oh, yes, I could hold on to that!”. So they gripped the rail and took another step and shifted their grip forward and took another step. Even though the seas may roll and make progress tedious, God’s Word and His faithfulness are the rail we can grip and continue to move forward with. “You are to follow only God, your God, hold him in deep reverence, keep his commandments, listen obediently to what he says, serve him—hold on to him for dear life!” (Deut.13:4, Msg)
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September 22-23, 2017 *** NO FEE
Kathy, Melissa and Marty Gabler
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In David’s son Absalom, the people got the appearance and looks that fit their agenda but they didn’t get the character in the man. He was able to present a fine appearance and a desirable program but there was no character behind the appearance. Absalom got the results of a self-promoter and Israel got the privilege of dealing with the fallout. Maybe if we give ourselves to time and process and track records, we will have less fallout to deal with. Quality decisions and relationship over time engender trust. (1Thess.5:12, KJV) “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.” We are praying you discover daily that you are trusting others only as you give them time to prove themselves trustworthy. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)
Trust is a principle that is not impossible to live. It’s a choice. The only things that stand in the way are experience and lies, both of which have to bow to the truth. Sometimes we just have to start by giving up increments of concern to the faithfulness of God. It really is okay to let go. For some of us that is harder than it sounds, but the depth of breath experienced on the other side is extraordinary. We are in a season of miracles, signs, and wonders. Dare to be a part of that by trusting the Trustworthy. “How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts You.” (Ps.84:12) (This is the seventh excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
Trust keeps the door open to dwell in His presence. We stay around those we trust. Ps.84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Trust is the gateway to God’s intentions for us, equipping, protection, grace, favor and all good things. It makes sense that the summation of this Psalm is, “O Lord of hosts, How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You.” On top of being born to trust, these are compelling reasons to do so. (This is the sixth excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
Blessing and favor follow those who trust. Ps.84:6 “Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; The early rain also covers it with blessings.” Trust gets us through hard times so that we don’t make it our dwelling, and trust makes the hard times fruitful for not only us, but others. Trust is not a selfish act. Vs. 7 “They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; Each of them appears before God in Zion.” Well, that’s a mouth full! Trust causes strength, and it removes the clouds of doubt so that we can see God. Vs. 10 “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather stand [as a doorkeeper] at the threshold of the house of my God than to live [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.” (This is the fourth excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
Trust is a principle of the Kingdom. God knew what He was doing when He created it. It’s life-bearing, abundant-life-bearing. How beautiful it is that the principles of God are set in place to provide the John 10:10 abundant life for all who live them. He gave us a map for life. Check this out, Psalm 84:12 (AMP) “O Lord of hosts, How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].” Yes, that is beautiful. But check out the rest of Psalm 84. It literally lines out what a life looks like that trusts God. Vs. 4 “Blessed and greatly favored are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; They will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah.”
(This is the fourth excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
Some of us have confused trust with diligence. By “diligence” I mean we handle, fixate on, and stay worried about a problem until it’s fixed. That is nowhere in the definition of trust. It’s not only the opposite of trust, but it is seething with dysfunction and disease. A lack of trust is one of our worst enemies. We might be blaming things on the devil that are really a lack of trust in our own lives. I’m sure the devil doesn’t mind when we blame him for such things because it makes his job easier.
(This is the third excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
It came to me that to actually trust God meant to actually let go of needing to know the process of getting to an answer. I’ve never functioned like that. Unfortunately my M.O. has been to ask and believe for a God-outcome while all along fixating on my logic’s only conclusion as to how that could happen. That, my friends, will wear. you. out. In that moment it felt good, it felt right to let go, and something in me took a deep breath for the first time. (This is the second excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
As of late my meditation topic has been Trust. You know: “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.” (dictionary.com) It should be a natural byproduct of being a believer. I thought so until God asked me if I trusted Him. Of course… wait, do I?! That’s an answer I thought was sure at this point in my life. The amazing thing is in that moment, trust made sense for the first time. All of a sudden there was a relief in my core that I’m not sure I have ever felt. Without Him saying a word, there was an understanding that actually trusting God meant to actually let go of needing to know the process of getting to an answer. (This is the first excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)